MANILA, Philippines — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines has canceled visa interview appointments for nonimmigrant visas, both business and tourist, scheduled through July 30, 2021.
This is in response to the continued significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Embassy said the resumption of routine visa services is on a post-by-post basis and it is in coordination with the Department of State’s framework for safely returning their workforce to Department facilities.
U.S. Embassies and Consulates in different parts of the world are continuously providing emergency and mission-critical visa services since the start of the pandemic in March last year, it added.
As post-specific conditions improve, the US foreign missions have begun providing additional services and eventually towards a complete resumption of routine visa services.
The Embassy advises applicants that once routine visa services resume, they should reschedule their visa interviews through the Embassy call center by phone at (+632) 7792-8988 and (+632) 8548-8223, or through the online appointment system at ustraveldocs.com/ph.
The Embassy stressed that there is no fee to change an appointment.
Also, the validity of the visa fee payment (known as the MRV fee) is extended until September 30, 2022.
It is to allow applicants who are unable to schedule a visa appointment because of the suspension of routine consular operations an opportunity to schedule or attend a visa interview appointment with the already paid fee.
In March 2020, the US Department of State suspended routine visa services worldwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In July 2020, U.S. Embassies and Consulates began a phased resumption of routine visa services.
For questions and case-specific inquiries, the Embassy encourages the public to contact its Consular Communications Group (for Nonimmigrant Visas) at https://ph.usembassy.gov/visas/nonimmigrant-visas/nonimmigrant-visa-inquiry-form/.